Burns & McDonnell Senior Electrical Engineer in Detroit, Michigan


Burns & McDonnell has an opportunity in our Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Group for a Senior Substation Engineer. This position includes the responsibility of performing substation engineering and project engineering services on various substation projects (from 34 up to 765 kV voltage level) for domestic and international clients. This position will be responsible for all aspects of the engineering design and technical oversight of multiple complex utility projects.

Responsibilities include the preparation of electrical substation physical layout design; ownership of the project scope and schedule; interface and coordination with other disciplines including protection and controls, communications, civil & structural, transmission line, project/program management, public relations, permitting, and contractor coordination & construction support as needed to successfully execute and develop deliverables for high and extra high voltage substations (HV and EHV).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design substations utilizing client standards or developing new standards including:

  • bill of materials

  • construction specifications

  • yard layouts

  • equipment plans, sections and details

  • grounding and ground grids,

  • control building arrangements,

  • interior and exterior raceways,

  • auxiliary AC and DC power systems, and

  • cable lists.

  • Prepare calculations and equipment specifications.

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to less experienced staff members.

  • Regularly meets and corresponds with clients or outside personnel and develop relationships with key client points of contact.

  • Provide direction to ensure teams effectively execute project work and deliver high quality work products.

  • Identify, communicate and resolve issues on projects as needed.

  • May develop and evaluate plans for major projects.

  • May assess feasibility or soundness of proposed applications when data is insufficient or testing is advisable.

  • May coordinate departmental or divisional project studies, reports or project design assignments.

  • Perform design quality reviews for projects of all sizes.

  • Some project management responsibilities.

  • Some marketing and proposal responsibilities.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from accredited program. Minimum 7 years related high voltage (34kV and above) substation design experience and experience with power systems including knowledge of:

  • power systems design - one line and three lines

  • power apparatus in utility projects,

  • power systems studies - load flow and short circuit analysis, and

  • project scopes, project schedules and deliverables.

Completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Advanced knowledge of high voltage engineering, underground systems, transmission and distribution systems, grounding, lightning shielding is preferred. Proficiency with National Electrical Safety Code and IEEE / ANSI Standards.

Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments. Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

Previous consulting experience preferred. Professional Engineer registration in a US state or Canadian Province required.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-MI-Detroit

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 180804